In completely unrelated news, IMF agrees $17.5bn reform programme for Ukraine.
MLRS Tornado-S (9A52-4 Tornado) is Russia's newest universal multiple rocket launcher.... Currently the sole operator is Russian Ground Forces.
What I have said is that there will be Russian ex-military volunteering.
Ukraine has been and is a damn mess and continue being so.
Attention! In connection with the unstable geopolitical situation, we don't have Americano coffee. Ask for Crimean coffee.
Russian broadcaster Channel One will not broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest next month because the country's singer has been barred from host country Ukraine.Russia's decision removes any chance of it competing this year, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said.Ukraine is refusing to allow Julia Samoilova to perform at Eurovision because she has visited Crimea, the peninsula seized by Russia in 2014.The EBU has condemned the ban.It says Ukraine is undermining the non-political nature of the contest.
It was seized before the referendum. Duh.
May I remind you that invasion preceded the referendum.
It was referendum at gunpoint.
Quote from: ersi on 2017-04-15, 05:38:04May I remind you that invasion preceded the referendum.A peaceful 'invasion' that nobody noticed and without firing a single shot.
Quote from: ersi on 2017-04-15, 05:38:04 It was referendum at gunpoint.Parroting transatlantic propaganda narratives won't change the facts.
Armed patrols (which btw were welcomed by Crimeans) only made sure that the referendum takes its cource in a peaceful manner.
Western monitors have been invited. No official delegations were sent because it was evident how Crimeans will vote and that outcome didn't fit Western agenda. Inofficial monitors from several countries confirmed the fairness of the referendum.
Crimeans enjoying for being 'invaded' and 'annexed'
You neglect the presence of the Russian naval base in Crimea, the biggest military base that Russia has.
Quote from: krake on 2017-04-15, 08:05:46Quote from: ersi on 2017-04-15, 05:38:04 It was referendum at gunpoint.Parroting transatlantic propaganda narratives won't change the facts. Facts such as?
Quote from: krake on 2017-04-15, 08:05:46Armed patrols (which btw were welcomed by Crimeans) only made sure that the referendum takes its cource in a peaceful manner.Armed patrols that held the Crimean parliament hostage for the entire time of the transition.
If everything was peaceful, why would there be armed patrols? And why weren't they Ukrainian patrols, if there was no invasion?
In the context of an invasion, you send official monitors to oversee a referendum only if you think the invasion is okay. That's ordinary diplomacy.
Be so kind and give some sources (preferable in English since I don't speak Russian).
On 27 February, Russian special forces  seized the building of the Supreme Council of Crimea and the building of the Council of Ministers in Simferopol. Russian flags were raised over these buildings, and barricades were erected outside them. Whilst the "little green men" were occupying the Crimean parliament building, the parliament held an emergency session. It voted to terminate the Crimean government, and replace Prime Minister Anatolii Mohyliov with Sergey Aksyonov. Aksyonov belonged to the Russian Unity party, which received 4% of the vote in the last election. According to the Constitution of Ukraine, the Prime Minister of Crimea is appointed by the Supreme Council of Crimea in consultation with the President of Ukraine. Both Aksyonov and speaker Vladimir Konstantinov stated that they viewed Viktor Yanukovych as the de jure president of Ukraine, through whom they were able to ask Russia for assistance.The parliament also voted to hold a referendum on greater autonomy on 25 May. The troops had cut all of the building's communications, and took MPs' phones as they entered. No independent journalists were allowed inside the building while the votes were taking place. Some MPs said they were being threatened and that votes were cast for them and other MPs, even though they were not in the chamber.[...]On 27 February, following the takeover of its building by Russian special forces, the Supreme Council of Crimea voted to hold a referendum on 25 May, with the initial question as to whether Crimea should upgrade its autonomy within Ukraine. The referendum date was later moved from 25 May to 30 March. [...]On 6 March, the Supreme Council moved the referendum date to 16 March and changed its scope to ask a new question: whether Crimea should accede to Russia or restore the 1992 constitution within Ukraine, which the Ukrainian government had previously invalidated. This referendum, unlike one announced earlier, contained no option to maintain the status quo of governance under the 1998 constitution. [the last source is VOA, so better see http://www.interfax.ru/world/363143 ]
Quote from: krake on 2017-04-15, 11:20:49Be so kind and give some sources (preferable in English since I don't speak Russian).Well, then you're out of luck and at the mercy of Wikipedia. The most relevant bit on the (current) page is ...
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